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by Conrad Baker
Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hummingbirds in South La yet?
Replies: 1
Views: 20

Hummingbirds in South La yet?

I haven't seen any yet. I usually wait until I see one or two at our flowering plants before I put the feeders out. Anyone near LaPlace, Gramercy, etc seen any yet?
by Conrad Baker
Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: .
Replies: 4
Views: 152

Re: .

OK Thanks
by Conrad Baker
Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: .
Replies: 4
Views: 152

Re: .

Is that a statement or a question? I'm not sure. A little more info please-maybe a photo or two.
by Conrad Baker
Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Snake guard netting question.
Replies: 4
Views: 250

Re: Snake guard netting question.

Depends how tall the pole guard is. Mine was 4 feet tall PVC pipe, so my snake netting went at the top of the pole guard. I never had a problem with the Adult birds getting caught in it (it was only 4 feet off the ground), but I did have a baby somehow fall off the porch and get caught by the nettin...
by Conrad Baker
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Its Here
Replies: 15
Views: 875

Re: Its Here

Yes, flyin-lowe, that's the one I seem to remember. It is grey, not black like I thought. I'm still thinking the white plastic might be better. I just wonder if painting the inside of the box with dark paint to help keep the interior cooler might help? The sunlight would not be able to penetrate, pl...
by Conrad Baker
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Its Here
Replies: 15
Views: 875

Re: Its Here

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by Conrad Baker
Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Its Here
Replies: 15
Views: 875

Re: Its Here

Years ago there had been some threads about people making houses with mail boxes. Might be able to dig them up. I seem to remember them being the black metal ones. Unk Bond has the white plastic ones, which might be better for the birds when the weather gets hot. The plastic mailbox would probably ...
by Conrad Baker
Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cicada's this year in my area
Replies: 8
Views: 787

Re: Cicada's this year in my area

I thought the Cicadas were too large for the Martins to eat. Unless the juvenile Cicadas are more tender and easier to eat. I personally haven't seem too many of them at least in the numbers you experience, but have heard them during their "season". It's a sound that wears on you quickly, and starts...
by Conrad Baker
Mon Mar 29, 2021 5:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starling breach
Replies: 5
Views: 783

Re: Starling breach

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by Conrad Baker
Sun Mar 28, 2021 10:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starling breach
Replies: 5
Views: 783

Re: Starling breach

I agree with flyin-lowe. SREH are very difficult to breach, but a smaller (younger) starling might be able to do it. I only had one do it last season. He was struggling trying to get in, but by the time I got the pellet rifle he was completely inside. I waited, and when he tried to come out, he was ...
by Conrad Baker
Wed Mar 24, 2021 6:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cheap Plastic House- My Soap Box Rant.
Replies: 34
Views: 9243

Re: Cheap Plastic House- My Soap Box Rant.

When I moved here from New Orleans, we built this house on an empty lot, so we had to put up new housing for the PM's. I had 1 Heath (metal octagon shape), 1 S&K Red Barn, and 4 smaller S&K green & tan houses. That was in 2006, and the Heath house is gone (couldn't control Hosp or EUS) and was too h...
by Conrad Baker
Tue Mar 23, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Quick question
Replies: 6
Views: 742

Re: Quick question

I read some time ago that PM landlords put lightbulbs inside the PM houses in very cold weather to help keep the birds warm. I don't think the birds were bothered at all.
by Conrad Baker
Fri Mar 19, 2021 11:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My have to take the housing down this season
Replies: 28
Views: 2930

Re: My have to take the housing down this season

I'm sorry for your losses. I certainly don't have a solution, but you might have a good idea with closing your housing down. If there are no Martins for the Hawk to feed on, he will move on to an area where he can feed. I think most hawks are migratory, and he will eventually move on, but I'm not qu...
by Conrad Baker
Fri Mar 19, 2021 11:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Changes
Replies: 9
Views: 1004

Re: Changes

I blame the weather. That blast of freezing weather we had killed most of my birds (the ones I found), and probably the ones I didn't find on the ground and in the houses probably died somewhere else. More birds are coming, and they should help fortify our numbers. This time last year, I had over 30...
by Conrad Baker
Wed Mar 17, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting close [ Smile
Replies: 15
Views: 1145

Re: Getting close [ Smile

Really looks nice. Please post photos of the finished product after you put it up.
by Conrad Baker
Wed Mar 17, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Why I don’t have Martins back?
Replies: 28
Views: 3164

Re: Why I don’t have Martins back?

Mite control is really important. I know you said you used Sevin Dust, but that is not a once and done deal. You have to retreat several times during the Martin season. If the Sevin gets damp (or wet) it loses it's effectiveness. I treat my houses at least every three weeks, until the eggs first hat...
by Conrad Baker
Tue Mar 16, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: $64 Question
Replies: 6
Views: 845

Re: $64 Question

Makes sense to me.
by Conrad Baker
Sat Mar 13, 2021 9:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Central louisiana
Replies: 6
Views: 541

Re: Central louisiana

My colony has 12 birds now. With three houses, they have room to spread out.
by Conrad Baker
Fri Mar 12, 2021 9:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Plywood input needed
Replies: 6
Views: 554

Re: Plywood input needed

Used to be treated wood meant "arsenic" was used to cure the wood. Bad for the birds. Now a salt solution is used to treat and preserve the wood. I think I would just use an exterior grade of plywood.
by Conrad Baker
Mon Mar 08, 2021 6:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rusted pulleys - help!
Replies: 8
Views: 687

Re: Rusted pulleys - help!

PB Blaster is great too. I also use it for cleaning my rifle to remove the carbon from the barrel. Similar to Kroil, and will work just as well for loosening anything frozen with rust.